The Constant

My daughter wrote this nearly twenty years ago, while she was a high school student.  Somedays we all feel this way.  It would be nice, but there are times when we simply have to go forward in the dark.

It would be nice

To have a constant,

That immovable variable in Algebra

That letter that stumps the brain’

Appears insurmountable

But is always there.

It’s comforting to try

To solve an equation

The same way,

A thousand times, and

Know you won’t get

Right answer because

Your approach is wrong.

Just change one step to get

It right,

You know?  But what step

Should be changed?


About Karen Hopkins

Karen Hopkins (1949-) was born in Los Angeles and raised in Martinez, California. At seventeen she moved to Talcahuano, Chile. After completing her university degree she worked in London, England for Pan American Airlines and traveled extensively throughout Europe, the Middle East, and India. For twenty-six years Karen taught Spanish and English as a Second Language in a variety of settings including a private school in Panama, the "most remote school in the United States" in Ticaboo, Utah, the Navajo Reservation, and a teacher exchange in Hermosillo, Mexico. Karen and her husband traveled extensively throughout Mexico and Central America, spending many summers in the highlands of Chiapas and Guatemala . Karen currently lives in Southern Arizona, near the Mexican border.
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